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BETTER BUSES FOR GREATER MANCHESTER URGES ANDY BURNHAM TO RE-REGULATE
 

Star date: 5th November 2018

BUS SERVICES SHOULD BE RE-REGULATED NOW TO BE AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE URGES NEW CAMPAIGN

A new campaign, Better Buses for Greater Manchester, launches today to put pressure on Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, to fulfil his promise and re-regulate buses in the region which would allow public bodies, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Transport for Greater Manchester, to decide what bus routes to run, what to charge, where to go and when.

"We really, really want everyone to support the campaign, asking Andy Burnham to re-regulate our bus network so that they can be affordable, easy, reliable and accessible" says Pascale Robinson from Better Buses for Greater Manchester.

Full details here...


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Everyone says that Greater Manchester has now hit carmaggedon, with pollution filled, gridlocked roads. And everyone, kind of, agrees that the solution is for more people to use public transport...

...But for many that's just not an option, as the services don't hit the right routes, and the buses are unreliable and expensive...

"In London, everyone catches the bus whereas in Greater Manchester it's a kind of last resort" says bus user Charlotte "They're also expensive and the ticketing system is ridiculous; you stand for ten minutes while people are paying the driver..."

"...And there's the issue with the different bus companies, you can't switch your tickets unless you pay more if you're going from north to south Manchester" adds Caroline "People have given up on the buses, they're getting taxis. The buses need to be more frequent and regulated. It's important that there is a service that people can rely on..."

"...You try going from, say Chorlton to Salford, and it's almost impossible" says Mark "Andy Burnham needs to re-regulate the buses, but to integrate that with planning to actually transform the transport system in Greater Manchester so we reduce the amount of private cars, so that we deal the amount of air pollution, and make it a nicer place to live in."

All three have a message for Andy Burnham "Re-regulate, and do it now! As soon as you can!"

They have joined the Better Buses for Greater Manchester Campaign which launches today to put pressure on Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, to fulfil his promise and re-regulate buses in the region.

'Re-regulation' isn't nationalisation, which, last year, the Tory Government actually made illegal for local authorities to implement. Instead, it means that public bodies, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) can tender out different bus routes and have oversight of the network.

TfGM could then decide what routes to run, what to charge, where to go and when, which would lead to a huge expansion of services and lower fares. The bus companies would be more accountable, and TfGM could even decide the colour of the buses.

"Our buses just aren't working in Greater Manchester and we really, really want everyone to support the campaign, asking Andy Burnham to re-regulate our bus network so that they can be affordable, easy, reliable and accessible" says Pascale Robinson from Better Buses for Greater Manchester, which is backed by a host of trade unions, pensioner and environment campaigns.

"Andy Burnham has said that he is investigating it and that's really great; however in no way does that mean that it's definitely going to happen" she explains "The way the legislation works is that you investigate re-regulating, or franchising as it's called, but you also have to investigate the other options.

"We really want to make sure that Andy goes with re-regulating because partnerships just aren't an option; it's what we've had already, it's voluntary and doesn't hold the bus companies to account" she adds "GMCA and TfGM get some money to subsidise bus services; however bus companies on the whole choose what routes they want to run, they can charge whatever they like and they can't be forced to run any extra routes. And that means that it's a bit of a postcode lottery.

"For the most part in Greater Manchester, especially in the north, the bus provision isn't great at all" she concludes "It's expensive and it's really unreliable. What we want is to have a say in how our buses are run."

The Better Buses for Greater Manchester Campaign has launched a petition with one simple message... 'Dear Andy Burnham, please re-regulate our buses...'

To sign the petition and find out loads more about the campaign click here or see https://betterbusesgm.org.uk

Tim Sprott wrote
at 08:11:02 on 06 January 2019
TfGM couldn't give a shite . They do just as the profiteering bus companies tell them . The clowncillors who sit on TfGM committee gonna get a shock at the next ballot . So is Burnham .

Rayofsunshine wrote
at 15:46:54 on 10 November 2018
Old Bonkers,you're so thick that you can't even recognise "irony" when it knocks on your door!+

OLD BONKERS wrote
at 14:06:33 on 10 November 2018
Rayofsunshine, I care not for toadying little yezhovs like you. Your approval means nothing to me. I speak from the heart, just like Bob the Regular. You on the other hand merely PARROT the party line. And with you using words like "backwards", You simply show The Readership of the * just how antiquated and anachronistic and "stunted" You really are ... 😇

Bob the regular wrote
at 09:58:42 on 10 November 2018
You know ,Edd Wood raises a good point here. I could do with one of them bus passes. Not a bad idea when you go up town. As you can guess, I never pay for parking, but nowadays them bastard wardens are so tricky, so I have to blag a lift. A bus pass might be the answer.

Bob the regular wrote
at 09:58:14 on 10 November 2018
Good point PGJ. If you travel about as much as I do, busses are expensive and not an option. They are also very inconveniant, and some times there are yobs on board and some times you have to sit next to people who stink because they are too lazy to wash themselves. For our Den, busses are probably a good option. I guess he only goes to Town (Manchester) or Swinton. According to Inland Revenue rules, only one of these places is classed as his regular place of employment, that would presumably be Swinton. You cannot claim for that journey. He would however be entitled to claim the bus fare from his house or the Town hall if that were the case, to Manchester Town hall. He could put that money towards his monthly bus pass. If I were in his place, and had time to waste, I would probably do the same thing.

Rayofsunshine wrote
at 15:58:51 on 09 November 2018
Provided that it isn't racist,sexist or homophobic,I feel that Old Bonkers should be free to use this site to clearly show how ignorant and backward he really is!

Pgj wrote
at 08:04:06 on 09 November 2018
Bob the regular, you say in your initial post that buses are for the rich (an absurd assertion looking at those traveling on them). Then state in your most recent post call Mr Dennett a tight arse for using them. Surely a "tight arse" would use the cheapest form of transport. So tell me this, how can it be for the rich and yet cheap at the same time?

Old Bonkers wrote
at 06:23:08 on 09 November 2018
Salford Star Steve, I'm deeply disappointed in you son. By censoring me You're behaving like a little bitch. But I see that you don't censor Ray of Sunshine, do you? So be it. I won't be commenting again.

Bob the regular wrote
at 06:21:18 on 09 November 2018
I know Dennett doesn't drive. He can't drive. with Merry driving an old banger, and Dennett going on the bus, it just shows you what a pair of tight arses they are when it comes to their own money. They are not as careful when it comes to ours.They are both on very good wages. Where do they spend all their money? They are both single blokes without kids, and they must get over 3grand a week between them. Go on ,tell me what a nosey bastard I am.

pete wrote
at 06:20:44 on 09 November 2018
Do you remember when the great and good went to an early evening meeting at Manchester Town Hall. It was a few years ago, and a representative from each of the ten boroughs of gm were there to deceide if we were going to have a congestion tax. They all thought it a good idea, but we didn't in the referendum that followed. 9 out of ten of these lefty politicians went by car, despite public transport being available. I think the Salford representative was Cllr Jones from Irlam. I do not know if he was the one who went on public transport, but if he did, it is quicker from Irlam station than going by car. The politicians like their cars, and we like ours. It is the buses that cause polution, not the cars, just look at the shite they belch out. Why should we subsidise bus fares, the people on the bus do not pay towards my car. last time I got on a bus ,there was two pissed lads on it making a fool of themselves, If I'd have been the driver I would have kicked them off. Busses, a waste of time.

Brian the unregular wrote
at 15:15:43 on 08 November 2018
More like Bob the bizarre! Why are you directing the issue at Merry and dennet. Why does anyone care about what car merry drives? And I'm sure when dennet came to a meeting with us he came by bus because he doesn't drive! The issue is in general how we as a country have poor transport services compared to the rest of Europe... and what is the fundamental difference there? Public ownership. Public ownership isn't a eutopia but it's significantly better than the status quo.

PGJ wrote
at 18:56:09 on 07 November 2018
Ahhh Bob the regular (or more appropriately Bob the barrack room lawyer). The money for fares goes to finance a number of things, someone as smart and intelligent as yourself will surely not need them pointing out. For the sake of clarity though, I will mention just a few. Wages for the drivers, cleaners (interior and exterior) and other ancillary staff and the associated costs. Purchasing of vehicles, servicing the vehicles garaging and storage costs, vehicle fuel, office accommodation costs, electricity and gas, vehicle excise duty, administration costs, taxes, etc. etc. etc. And not forgetting profits, after all we live in a capitalist society.

Bob the regular wrote
at 16:44:36 on 07 November 2018
Buses are for rich people who don't own cars.Same with Metro link.London underground the same. They are all a big rip off. Has nobody ever sat down and tried to work out where all the money that is paid in fares goes? what is needed is smaller buses, electric with integrated routes, single fare bus pass type system, get on at front, get off at back types. it all needs proper thinking about, but sadly we do not have people with brains to do that. People like Burnham ,Dennett and Merry haven't got a clue. Besides, Merry won't get public transport.he would rather drive about in his old banger, despite being able to afford better. For once, I agree with him.

Mark H Burton wrote
at 08:11:51 on 07 November 2018
The problem is that the bus companies are fighting back. They don't want regulation. That's why there needs to be a public campaign to give support to Burnham's proposal but also to keep up the pressure on him and the GM Combined Authority to see this through.

john hammond wrote
at 17:13:21 on 06 November 2018
It be nice to see the return of gm buses the orange ones

Edd Wood wrote
at 10:48:55 on 06 November 2018
Get the 60+ bus pass reinstated . Stolen from us in England . Still available in Wales Scotland N.Ireland Sort it Burnham

Steve Dawson wrote
at 17:03:39 on 05 November 2018
Now would be a good time

Arnold Rimmer wrote
at 17:03:35 on 05 November 2018
I thought he'd already said that the plan is for bus routes to be sold to bus companies in bundles. For example, if you wanted the lucrative Swinton to Manchester centre route, making profit, you'd also have to run a service that went from Swinton to Prestwich, which might make a loss and also run them frequently. Is that not happening now?

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